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Rohingya crisis: Two die as boat capsizes off Bangladesh

  • 8 October 2017
  • From the section Asia

Rohingya refugees arrive from Myanmar in Bangladesh. Photo: 7 October 2017Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Dozens of Rohingya have already died trying to cross in boats into neighbouring Bangladesh

At least two have died after a boat packed with Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized near the Bangladesh coast, officials say.

A number of people are missing after the incident in the Naf river late on Sunday. It is thought about 100 people – including children – were on board.

A rescue operation is now under way.

Dozens of Rohingya have already died trying to cross into neighbouring Bangladesh amid a military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Violence erupted in Rakhine in late August when Rohingya militants attacked security posts, triggering a military response.

More than half a million Rohingya – a mostly Muslim minority who are widely disliked in Myanmar and denied citizenship – have fled to Bangladesh since then.

Those who have fled accuse Myanmar’s military, backed by Buddhist mobs, of using a brutal campaign of killings and village burnings to try to drive them out.

The military rejects the allegations, saying it is targeting Rohingya militants.

BBC News – World

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